CVS simplifies access to COVID-19 test kits

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health on Tuesday introduced a new digital service that makes it easier for consumers to locate, order, and pick up at-home COVID-19 test kits with no upfront out-of-pocket cost and without requiring them to submit a claim to their health insurance provider. Consumers can access the service at or through the CVS App.

Consumers can enter their insurance information when checking out online and CVS Pharmacy will process the claim with the individual’s health insurance provider on their behalf. Consumers will receive email or text message notifications with updates on their order status, including when to head to a participating CVS Pharmacy location for fast and easy store pickup using their name and order number. Members of select insurance plans may also access tests with no up-front cost by visiting the pharmacy counter at their local CVS Pharmacy.

“We’ve been working around the clock to ensure that consumers and patients have access to at-home COVID-19 test kits when they visit our stores or shop online,” said Michelle Peluso, CVS Health chief customer officer and co-president of CVS Pharmacy. “The omnichannel experience launching today enables our consumers to more conveniently order tests online and pickup in-store with no out-of-pocket cost to them, while we submit the claim for reimbursement to their health insurance provider on their behalf. This new digital service for at-home COVID-19 tests is our latest innovation to help consumers have easy, cost-effective access to critical testing supplies when and where they need them.”

The recently announced guidance by the Federal Government, which was implemented on January 15, 2022, requires private health insurers to provide coverage for no less than eight at-home COVID-19 tests per person per month for plan members without a prescription. If CVS Pharmacy is not a participating pharmacy in the consumer’s health insurance plan, they will be notified and given the option to pay out-of-pocket and follow their plan’s claim submission process.

To check availability and order tests, consumers should:

  • Visit or use the CVS App to search for at-home COVID-19 tests at nearby CVS Pharmacy locations
  • Select a nearby CVS Pharmacy with tests available, then enter their insurance information
  • Provide an email and phone number to receive notifications with updates on their order status
  • Head to the CVS Pharmacy they selected for fast and easy store pickup using their name and order number at the front checkout

For security purposes, will ask individuals to log in to their existing account or register for an account prior to providing insurance information if they are not an existing customer.

CVS Health sold 22 million at-home COVID-19 test kits in 2021. The company has worked with its suppliers to increase inventory in-store and on and all purchase limits on at-home COVID-19 test kits have been removed as a result. The company has administered more than 59 million COVID-19 vaccines and 32 million COVID-19 tests across the country in 2021 and is a participant in the Federal Government’s free N95 mask distribution program.



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